|Rushden Echo and Argus, 7th July 1950, transcribed by Kay Collins
Parents Swopped Stories - New Rushden Association
Twenty-five women were enrolled in the Rushden branch of the U.S. and Canadian Brides' Parents' Association when an inaugural meeting was held in the Adult School on Tuesday evening.
The meeting provided an opportunity for the parents to "swop" stories and photographs of their daughters, whose homes ranged from Winnipeg to South Georgia.
Earlier in the evening the mothers had heard a talk on life in Canada and America by Mr. J. W. Vorley, of Wellingborough, who himself lived in Canada for many years. He described homes, household amenities and shopping facilities.
Mrs. Conneely, of Kettering, gave a short report on the last monthly meeting of the National Executive Council of the U.S. and C.B.P.A. in London, and stated that Rushden had now been accepted as a branch of the Association.
The biggest trouble was the shipping problem, she said, but now fares had greatly been reduced. She wished the Rushden club all the very best in the future.
She disclosed that next year she hopes to emigrate to America and live near her daughter, who has been there for some years.
Memories of America were revived by Mr. Vorley for two of the mothers who went to see their daughters at Atlanta, Georgia, last year. They were Mrs. K. Roberts and Mrs. R. Wright, both of Rushden.
It was an especially memorable day for Mrs. R. Knighton, of 169, Irchester Road, Rushden, for four years ago, to the very day, her daughter, now Mrs. Maureen Gallion, of Wyoming, landed in America.
A much happier person on leaving the meeting was Mrs. G. W. Laughton, of 13, Red Row, Raunds, who for the past month has been worrying about her daughter, Mrs. D. A. Wilcox, of Evansville, Indiana.
She went to the meeting hoping to obtain some information on how to get in touch with her daughter, from whom she has not heard for many weeks.
Mrs. Conneely, of Kettering, promised to get in touch with Mrs. Garfield Powell, of the English Speaking Union in New York.
Coun. Mrs. Rowthorn was in the chair.